“I stand here tonight and tell the world that you can survive!”
Virginia Isaias, speaks to the audience, as she accepts top honor for Most Outstanding Woman of Substance. This mantra coincided as the First Annual Women of Substance Awards; honoring women despite their personal challenges have become successful and made positive significant difference in the lives of others.
Isaias, a human trafficking survivor, through her experience, established the Human Trafficking Survivors Foundation, to assist survivors of violence and human trafficking. Virginia has risked her life to assist survivors of violence and human trafficking. While in captivity, Virginia saw women and children tortured and killed, until she escaped with her 6 month old daughter. Virginia’s inspirational leadership brings together other partners to provide free resources to empower, mobilize and advocate for survivors of human trafficking.
“I would like you to know that today I get to represent the face of the victims who are unable to share their pain. This award represents trafficked women who do not have the opportunity be seen by the public. There are 27 million people today do not have the liberty we experience. Fortunately, today I have the strength that God has given me to move forward,” Isaias proudly states.
In addition, some of the other most distinguished nominees were Corina Pompa and Yesenia Rojas.
Corina Pompa, after a severely brutal attack that almost took her life from an abusive relationship, she decided to move to New York to begin a new life with her sons. After three years, she came back to California to live life with purpose, dedicated to helping anyone in need to find inner strength, succeed, and find a path to happiness. She volunteers for many different programs and charities and has made a significant difference in the lives of others.
Yesina Rojas’s neighborhood of Anna Drive was the epicenter of the Anaheim riots in July of 2012. During the riots, she was caught in the crossfire, suffered physical injuries along with her minor son, but still reached out to the community and the police, promoting positive communication for the betterment of the community and the entire city.
Proceeds will benefit two local, non-profit organizations with a passion for helping women and children in need, The Eli Home & The MakeSense Foundation.
Based on the fundamental mission of helping women and children in crisis, the Make Sense Foundation (MSF) thrives on directly donating to deserving organizations that support those in need across the country. To date, the MSF has donated to dozens of non-profit organizations from coast to coast and will continue to support women and children in crisis for years to come. The MSF was created by Joni Rogers-Kante, Founder and CEO of SeneGence International as part of the overall plan to make a meaningful contribution.
As a non-profit organization, the MSF is separate from SeneGence International but works closely with its Independent Distributors, raising funds for those in need. The idea is to give back to the communities which helped so many women in their own careers- sharing collective success through community involvement.
For the past 30 years, The Eli Home has provided a safe haven for abused children and their mothers, who have come from a world of violence. Because of its innovative approach and extensive use of volunteerism, Eli has garnered numerous awards both local and national including former President George Bush’s 338th Point of Light and President Bill Clinton’s Presidential Citation.